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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Prison Violence

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Kimmett EdgarCentre for Criminological Research, University of Oxford, Ian O'DonnellInstitute of Criminology, University College Dublin, Ireland, Carol MartinCentre for Criminological Research, University of Oxford

ISBN13: 9781903240984
ISBN: 1903240980
Published: May 2004
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00

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Prisons are dangerous places, and assaults, threats, theft and verbal abuse are pervasive - attributable both to the characteristics of the captive population and to an institutional sub culture which promotes violence as a means of resolving conflicts.;Yet the crimes perpetrated by prisoners on other prisoners have attracted little interest, and criminological research has contributed little to an understanding of situations in which violence arises in penal institutions. This book seeks to remedy this, and to address and answer a number of key questions: how do features of the prison social setting shape conflicts?; what social norms guide the decision to use violence?; what are the personal and social consequences of spending months or years in places where distrust and anxiety are normal?; how do staff respond to the dangers that are part of daily life in many prisons?; is it possible to identify factors associated with risk and resilience?; and what methods of handling conflicts do prisoners use that could prevent violence?;""Prison Violence"" adopts a distinctive approach to answering these questions, and is based on extensive research, including interviews with both victims and perpetrators of prison violence; it pioneers a conflict-centred approach, seeking to understand the pathways into and out of situations where there is potential for violence, focusing on interpersonal and institutional dynamics rather than on individual psychological factors.

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1. Introduction and overview; 2 Methods and key concepts; 3 Victimization and bullying; 4 Fear and vulnerability; 5 The escalation of conflicts in prison; 6 Power contests; 7 Pathways to safety; Appendix 1 Statistical tables; Appendix 2 Case studies - Index